The move to initiate criminal prosecution against industrialist Naveen Jindal and 12 others, including politicians and civil servants, for wrongful allocation of coal mines shows the fallacy of the present government dragging its feet on commencing merchant mining of coal 

The biggest scam in coal was that businesses that had a legitimate need for coal just could not buy enough of the stuff from the monopoly supplier, stateowned Coal India, and had to obtain coal either through expensive imports or through captive mines, which first had to be obtained, by hook or by crook. Read more